1st Edition

Agricultural Dimensions of Global Climate Change

By Harry Kaiser, Thomas Drennen Copyright 1993

    This important book, written by recognized leaders in their fields, discusses agricultural dimensions of global climate change. Research and policy issues are covered and a multidisciplinary view of global climate change and agriculture is presented.
    Major sections cover the contribution of agriculture to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (including an investigation as to whether monitoring and verification of such emissions would work) and the impact of global climate change on agriculture.
    The book examines such important issues as global food availability, distributional effects between developing and developed countries, agricultural adaptation possibilities, and whether CO2 enrichment will benefit agriculture.
    A unique feature of this publication is that it addresses communication difficulties between researchers and policy makers and suggests solutions.

    1. Introduction, Thomas E. Drennen & Harry M. Kaiser
    Nature of the Problem
    Sources of Greenhouse Gases
    Agricultural Impact of Global Warming
    The International Response
    The Role of Agriculture
    2. Is Climate Change Occurring? Evidence from the Instrumental Record, P.D. Jones
    Temporal Variation in Hemispheric Mean Temperature
    The Spatial Pattern of Warmth During the 1981-1990 Decade
    3. Some Issues in Detecting Climate Change Induced by Greenhouse Gases Using General Circulation Models, Benjamin D. Santer
    Climate Models and Greenhouse Warming Experiments
    Model Signal Uncertainties
    Natural Variability Uncertainties
    The Attribution of Problem: Establishing the Causal Link
    4. Current Climate and Population Constraints on World Agriculture, R. Gommes
    Climate Constraints
    Human Population Constraints
    5. Potential Impacts of Climate Change on World Food Supply: A Summary of a Recent International Study, Cynthia Rosenzweig & Martin L. Parry
    Crop Yield Methods
    Crop Yield Results
    World Food Trade Methods
    World Food Trade Results
    6. Impacts of Climate Change on the Agriculture and Economy of the Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas (MINK) Region, Pierre Crosson
    Impact of the Analog Climate on 1980s Crop Production
    Impacts on the 1980s Regional Economy by Way of Crop Production
    Impacts in 2030: Agriculture
    7. Adaptation to Global Climate Change at the Farm Level, H.M. Kaiser, S.J. Riha, D.S. Wilks & R. Sampath
    The Integrated Model
    Adaptation Scenarios
    8. Carbon Dioxide Effects on Plants: Uncertainties and Implications for Modeling Crop Response to Climate Change, David W. Wolfe & Jon D. Erickson
    Plant Physiological Response to CO2
    Optimum Yield Response to CO2 in Controlled Environments
    Interactions between CO2 and Other Environmental Factors
    Crop Models and the CO2 Effect
    9. Distributional Effects of Global Warming and Emissions Abatement, Steven Kyle
    Distributional Aspects of Climate Change
    Distributional Issues and Policies for Emission Abatement
    Prospects for an International Abatement Treaty
    10. After Rio: The Status of Climate Change Negotiations, Thomas E. Drennen
    The Agreement
    Obstacles to Implementation
    Effectiveness of the Agreement
    11. Four Questions of Justice, Henry Shue
    Four Kinds of Questions
    Two Kinds of Answers
    Two Kinds of Grounds
    12. Status and Issues Concerning Agricultural Emissions of Greenhouse Gases
    John M. Duxbury & Arvin R. Mosier
    Global Annual Budgets of CO2, CH4, and N2O
    Significance of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agriculture
    Selected Issues Regarding Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Agriculture
    13. Agricultural Emissions of Greenhouse Gases: Monitoring and Verification, Owen Greene & Julian E. Salt
    The Relevance of Monitoring: Verification and Scientific Review
    Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Context
    Monitoring Agricultural Sector GHG Emissions
    Comments and Verification
    14. Bridging the Gap between Policymakers and Academics, Susan Offutt
    What Defines a Gap?
    How Big is the Gap?
    Closing the Gap: The Lessons of Experience
    The Peculiarities of Agriculture
    Bridging the Gap
    15. Communications between Decision Makers and Researchers: An Overview of the Joint Climate Project, J.C. Bernabo, P.D. Eglinton & C. L. Cooper
    Unique Approach
    Continuing the Process


    Harry Kaiser (Cornell University), Thomas Drennen (Cornell University)